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YouTube Stars Who Make More Than Most People on TV

To the Fortnite champs, go the spoils

Shaun Harrison
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These 21 YouTube Stars Make More Than Most People on TV

You know how much the kids from Stranger Things reportedly earned during Season 1? $30,000 an episode -- or, pocket change, as it might be known to YouTube stars such as the Dude Perfect guys.

Here's a rundown of YouTube's top earners. The figures are either based on the revenue projections for their flagship channels, or from the totality of their empires as compiled or reported by the financial media.

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21. FunToys Collector Disney Toys Review

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $3 million, per Social Blade stats.

After all these years, we still don't know the real name or identity of this toy-tester formerly known as DisneyCollectorBR and DC Toys Collector. But we do know she's still big among the toddler set, and that's what counts.

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20. Shane Dawson

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $4.3 million (from Shane), per Social Blade stats.

The veteran digital-medal personality and E! People's Choice award-winner for Social Star of 2018, Dawson has broadened the focus of his original YouTube platform. Shane now boasts long-form interviews alongside its host's signature conspiracy theories.

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19. REACT's Rafi and Benny Fine

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $4.4 million (from REACT), per Social Blade stats.

The Fines are the minds -- and brothers -- behind an ever-expanding media empire, including their flagship YouTube channel. FBE, and its booming spin-off, REACT, home of their react videos (i.e., videos of people reacting to, say. Japanese Kit Kat bars).

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18. Lele Pons

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $4.9 million, per Social Blade stats.

On her channel, this Vine alum clowns around, dances, drops her own music and basically influences.

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17. Smosh's Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $5.4 million (from Smosh), per Social Blade stats.

The duo behind the Smosh empire, which includes Smosh Pit, Smosh Games and original-recipe, comedy-driven Smosh, may be without a corporate home following the closure of Defy Media, but they're still producing videos, laughs -- and views.

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16. Samuel de Luque aka Vegetta777

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $6.1 million, per Social Blade stats.

De Luque's veteran Spanish-language gaming channel continues to rack up the views -- and dollars -- from his nearly 26 million subscribers by mixing in Fortnite with the classics (Minecraft, of course!).

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15. The Family Fun Pack family

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $8.6 million, per Social Blade stats.

Another YouTube-ing family (also known only by their first names: parents Matt and Kristine, children Alyssa, David, Zac, Chris, Michael and Owen), this clan presents videos that play like old Jon & Kate Plus 8 episodes, minus the tension.

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14. Felipe Neto

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $9.5 million, per Social Blade stats.

Neto, per Newsweek, may be one of the "world's biggest YouTubers ... you've likely never heard of," but the 30 million-plus subscribers to his Portuguese-language channel know he can be counted on to dish on movies, gaming and other cool stuff.

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13. Tyler Blevins aka Ninja

2018 YouTube and Twitch earnings (estimate): $10 million, per CNBC.

This gaming star, known by his YouTube handle, and currently binging on Fortnite and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, isn't just big; he's mainstream --in October 2018, he appeared on Ellen.

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12. JesseAndMike's Jesse and Mike Garfield

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $11.9 million, per Social Blade stats.

The brothers Garfield, known on their YouTube channel simply by their first names, use absurdist physical comedy -- and ice-cream sandwiches -- to break through to their 8.3 million subscribers.

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11. CookieSwirlC

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $12.8 million, per Social Blade stats.

The winning formula for this anonymously hosted channel with 11.1 million subscribers? Human hands plus baby toys plus unboxing equals, as always, YouTube gold!

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10. Jelle Van Vucht aka Jelly

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $13 million, per Social Blade stats.

This energetic, upbeat Dutch gamer has amassed more than 11 million YouTube subscribers largely on the strength of his, well, energetic, upbeat "let's play" videos for Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption 2, Fortnite and more.

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9. ToyPuddingTV

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $13.1 million, per Social Blade stats.

The videos on this anonymously run channel (with more than 22 million subscribers) feature all the dollies you've come to expect of the "let's play with dollies" genre, but none of the narration, thus allowing fans to fully focus on the visual aesthetics -- in between their naps.

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8. The FGTeeV family

Projected 2019 YouTube earnings: up to $14.7 million (from FGTeeV), per Social Blade stats.

This G-rated gaming family, known publicly as "Duddy," "Moomy" and children Shawn, Chase, Mike and Lexi, has amassed a multi-media, multi-channel following, with some 10 million subscribers on their flagship YouTube home, They play, banter and star in sketches that riff on Bendy and the Ink Machine, Hello Neighbor and more.

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7. jacksepticeye's Seán William McLoughlin

2018 earnings (estimate): $16 million, per Forbes.

This Irish personality, with 21.3 million subscribers for his jacksepticeye channel, specializes in comedy, gaming (God of War, Detroit: Become Human) -- and diversifying. His corporate partners have included Disney and Twitch.

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6. Vanoss Gaming's Evan Fong

2018 earnings (estimate): $17 million, per Forbes.

He games (Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Grand Theft Auto V); he makes comedy; he swears; he's got 24.3 million subscribers.

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5. Markiplier's Mark Fischbach

2018 earnings (estimate): $17.5 million, per Forbes.

He games (Five Nights at Freddy's); he makes comedy; he swears; he's got 23 million subscribers. As an added bonus, he donates his merch sales to charity.

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4. Jeffree Star

2018 earnings (estimate): $18 million, per Forbes.

Star's game is makeup. He's been a social-media star since MySpace, and he's now a cosmetics mogul with more than 13 million channel subscribers.

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3. DanTDM's Daniel Robert Middleton

2018 earnings (estimate): $18.5 million, per Forbes.

As his "Diamond Cart"-referencing YouTube handle attests, this Brit gamer rose along with Minecraft in the early '10s. But he's adapted: his 21 million-plus subscribers now visit him for Fortnite and live streams.

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2. The Dude Perfect dudes

2018 earnings (estimate): $20 million, per Forbes.

As the stunts- and sports-minded Dude Perfect, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, Tyler Toney and twin brothers Coby Cotton and Cory Cotton do cool stuff regularly for their Nickelodeon TV series (now in its third season) -- and for their nearly 40 million-subscriber YouTube channel.

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1. The family of Ryan ToysReview

2018 earnings (estimate): $22 million, per Forbes.

The clan behind this YouTube channel doesn't have the subscriber base of some of their rivals (a mere 18 million-ish for their flagship channel), but they routinely top YouTube earnings lists with toys, toy-play and young star Ryan's general cuteness.